Pergolas and Power Screens manage solar gain in rural location 

Pergolas and Power Screens manage solar gain in rural location 

In a beautiful secluded Victorian walled garden sits our customers’ stunning new contemporary home. Making the most of its environment, the property runs across the full width of the garden with the old Victorian brick wall enclosing it to the sides and rear. 

The property makes the most of the light and the garden view with multiple windows and openings to the front and a large opening to one side.  

Our customers contacted Phantom Screens to help them manage solar gain and glare. In total, we specified and installed seven solar power screens and two pergolas approximately 6m x 4m creating a 6m x 8m total covered living area. 

The pergolas fit neatly into the space between the end of the house and the garden wall. They are contained behind a galvanized mild steel façade that runs across the full length of the house and the pergolas touching both sides of the Victorian wall, giving the appearance of the pergolas as encompassed by the property – despite being a later addition to the build. 

We worked closely with our customer to ensure a cohesive structural fit behind the façade cladding, coordinating the removal of the façade during build and its replacement once the pergolas were in situ. 

The pergolas are screened, and both sit snugly together to create a large covered outdoor dining and entertaining area. Both pergolas have motorised retractable roof slats and are fitted with LED lighting. The roof slat operation can be split into halves meaning smaller individual sections can be opened and closed as required providing smaller sections of light and shade to suit.  

Together with power screens on each window and door, our customers have complete control over the level of light and shade (and therefore internal heat) in the property. 

The pergolas create a significant impact both in terms of scale and aesthetic value. They represent approximately 15-20% of the total building footprint yet were retro fitted without any of the hassle of structural or foundation work. 

Pergolas provide living / lifestyle flexibility on any size plot, and go some way to upgrading exterior spaces. With screens deployed, they generate a snug indoors feel – protected from insects and the worst of the sun’s glare and heat. As the sun sets and the lights come on, they transform outdoor spaces ready for comfortable evening gatherings. 

Our pergolas are easy to install and like our screens, are fully constructed by our trained Phantom installers then left with a warranty. 

If you’d like to find out more about bespoke solar screens or pergolas, please get in touch with our sales team today. 

Additional pergola specifications: 

  • Pergola sizes: two units, 5940mm wide. The one nearest the house projects 4m, the second 3.9m 
  • Each pergola roof is split into two equal zones making four zones. Each zone is programmed to operate in isolation to give maximum shading flexibility.  
  • Slats are angled to allow maximum light when needed or shade as required. Drains are fitted to all legs other than power feeds.  
  • LED lights feature on all four long sides controlled as one circuit with dimmable functions via the remote control. 
  • Four screens are fitted to the pergolas with motorised zip rollers using grey 10% open screen fabric (Serge Ferrari Soltis 86). All aluminum is finished in RAL 7016 matt.  
  • All motors and controls are Somfy IO. 

Project Stats

Building categoryResidential
ProductsPergolas and Power Screens
FunctionSolar Shading
InstallationBespoke fit hidden behind architectural façade / cladding 
Mesh2360 Charcoal Grey 10%
ColourAll frames RAL 7016 matt. Pergola slats RAL 9007 matt.
AccessoriesRemote controls
Screen sizes4760 x 2500, 1160 x 2500, 1160 x 2500, 2350 x 2500, 2360 x 2500, 4760 x 2500, 1160 x 2700